Erin Toner en Wisconsin Chooses Its Own Path To Overhaul Medicaid Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is one of 25 Republican governors who are rejecting the health law's expansion of Medicaid. But Wisconsin's own Medicaid program, known as BadgerCare, is more generous than that of many states, and now Walker wants to transfer many people out of BadgerCare and into the insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act.<p>It's a plan that allows Walker to reject a key part of Obamacare by turning down federal money offered to help states pay for the expansion of Medicaid. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 07:56:00 +0000 Erin Toner 48404 at No Room For Erasers, As Technology Deletes Pen Businesses We tweet. We text. We email. But how often do we really write anymore? Not much, if you look at the business of selling pens — or "fine writing instruments," as shop owners call them. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 07:58:00 +0000 Erin Toner 47311 at While Others Underfunded Pensions, Milwaukee Held Firm After more than two decades in city government, Bill Averill has a pretty impressive mental inventory of Milwaukee real estate. He started in the city assessor's office when he was 34, after leaving a private sector job that paid better but had no retirement benefits.<p>"That was one of the main reasons I went to work for the City of Milwaukee," he says. "And so I knew the pension at some time, way out in the future, would be a benefit to me."<p>Well, that future is now. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 07:05:00 +0000 Erin Toner 45165 at School Districts Struggle To Get Principals To Stay Put At Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts on the south side of Milwaukee, kids are back in class and getting their bearings in the sprawling building. So is Lila Hillman, the school's brand-new principal. She has to figure out where everything is, who everyone is, how to run a school — <em>and</em> how to answer everyone's questions.<p>As Hillman walks through the halls, one teacher wants to know where to hang a cutout of a tree trunk. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:56:00 +0000 Erin Toner 43574 at Sikhs Remember Tragedy By Embracing Faith Every Sunday, hundreds of worshippers descend on the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, just south of Milwaukee. They come here to pray and to eat a weekly meal together, called a <em>langar</em>. On Aug. 5, 2012, as women were preparing the meal, a gunman opened fire, <a href="">killing six people</a>, including the temple president, a priest, fathers and a mother, before turning the gun on himself. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 19:29:00 +0000 Erin Toner 40822 at